26 Oct 2023

Engine as a Weapon – Exploiting technologies for warfighting advantage

Following an unprecedented increase in defence budgets across western governments, this year’s Engine as a Weapon International Symposium (EAAW X) will seek to understand which areas of investment deliver the greatest capability uplift.

EAAW X, organised by the Institute for Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), will take place at the SS Great Britain, berthed in Bristol, UK, on 28 and 29 November 2023.

The conference will look across the current geo-political climate and its impact on the future of naval warfare and explore the merging of combat and platform systems and how they may be used to defend against traditional and emerging threats.

Chair of the organising committee of the conference, Commander Richard Hudson RN, says: “We have arranged the programme to cover a number of topical themes that are central to the future of modern naval engineering around the globe, including autonomy, power to capability, power to command – electrification and modularity, developing trends and emerging technologies, and cyber security among many others.”

The two-day event will feature 30 experts from across globe presenting 18 papers, there will also be four panel discussions exploring the impact of utilising conventional and future technology against the background of a changing and increasingly challenging operating environment.

The conference will be an opportunity to review how global events, such as the conflict in Ukraine and increased tension in the Pacific, have accelerated the innovative use of new technology in maritime conflict and what this means for future platform, propulsion, combat system and UXV design and integration.

Day One will cover:

  • Power to Command: Electrification and modularity
  • Power to Command - Sustainability of Future Platforms


Day Two will look at:

  • Developing Trends and Emerging Technologies (Autonomy)
  • Power to Capability – meeting power, thermal management and integration requirements of emerging tech including DE, Rail Gun and GW technology